2. NCAA umpires really don’t like home run celebrations
Even if the batter just walks slightly slower than they should be.
3. The Angels have lost 12 games in a row
It’s getting weird out there in Anaheim, for a team that started much of the year in first place, comfortably in a contending spot — and now, day after day, they can’t get near a win.
And last night’s game was especially brutal, a 1–0 loss with the sole run coming from this play, lazy moments on the relay from the outfield:
Tonight, they go for the franchise record.
4. The stat of the day: The Mets are sac flying a lot
Sac-flying? Sac’ing fly?
They’ve already surpassed the total they had in all of 2021.
5. The pitching performance of the day: Michael Wacha
Either he was very dominant, or he happened to be facing the team that’s lost eleven straight games (now twelve) — or both.
6. Benches cleared in the Mariners vs. Astros game
Everyone gets fired up, and then it’s just a big angry mingle behind home plate — as per usual with these baseball not-quite-fights of late.
7. The Mariners are turning to desperate measures
When you’re 25–30 in a year that was supposed to be a major turnaround, you’ll try anything.
And the result? It might just have worked.
8. There’s a guy named Fidel Castro in the minor leagues
And the parent team of the Daytona Tortugas?
Very fitting — the Reds.
9. A follow-up on the infamous “thumbs down” Mets incident last year
10. And last but not least, Eduardo Escobar hits for the cycle
After a quiet baseball day, I had to keep the best highlight for the newsletter finale.
And he did it in the most exciting way, too: